Monday, October 19, 2009

Baptism!

On beautiful Sunday October 11, 2009 Connor was baptized. It was a wonderful day full of family and friends. Connor was baptized at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church http://www.stanthony.cc/. Dan and I belong to and attend this church regularly and it was wonderful to have our family and friends there not only for the baptism but many came to mass prior to. (Mass was at 10:45 am and the baptism began at 12:30 pm) Connor's godparents were Aunt Tracy and Uncle Keith - both had to travel quite a ways to get here for the baptism and it meant so much! Connor was baptized in the same clothing that Keith was - it was given to Keith by our Grandma and Grandpa Coughlin. We know there were there in spirit with us that day. Over the outfit Connor also wore a baptismal gown that was made by my Great Aunt Betty for my mom when she was baptized. My mom was baptized in this gown as well as Keith, Tracy, and I.

Our dear friends Eric and Shelley's son Nathan Rose (born in June) was baptized the same day. It was a true celebration to be able to do this together with them.
The baptism was performed by Deacon Mike Finley. If you were not aware, to be married in a Catholic church there are a variety of pre-marital classes, meetings, etc. that you complete to prepare you for the sacrament of marriage. Dan and I completed our pre-marital requirements with our parish here in Pewaukee. One of the requirements here is that you meet with a couple in the parish and we were assigned Mike and Sue Finley. Little did we know at the time that this was "Deacon Mike" that we would be meeting with! So it was extra special for us that he was able to baptize Connor - now having prepared our family for two very meaningful sacraments in the church. He did a great job of explaining the christening process and the meaning of the different symbols that are utilized. Was a wonderful baptism.

My parents had rented a house on Pewaukee Lake and after the bapstim our family and friends along with Eric and Shelley's all headed to the house for a luncheon and time to visit. Was a super nice day and a great reminder of all of the love and support in Connor's (and our) lives.

Thank you to those who traveled near and far to be there!
The Rose and Paulsrud Families!

Our friends Jenny & Joe flew in from NYC - here is Jenny meeting Connor for the first time before mass. Our friend Marla also flew in from Atlanta - we are so blessed to have so much support.

These are the only two pictures I have from the luncheon! Shame on me - was too busy enjoying all the wonderful company! :)

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